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Mean Old World
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T-Bone (Aaron Thibeaux) Walker

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Date Performance 1970-10-02
Running Time 3:50
Performers Eric (Patrick) Clapton (Vocals), Eric (Patrick) Clapton (Guitar), Duane Allman (Guitar), Tom Dowd (Produced By)
Commentsby Eric Clapton & Duane Allman. Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida during the LAYLA sessions. (P) 1972 Polygram International Music B.V.
Appears On
Crossroads (1988)
Eric (Patrick) Clapton

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This is a mean old world, try livin' by yourself
This is a mean old world, try livin' by yourself
Can't get the one your lovin' have to use somebody else

I got the blues, gonna pack my bags and go
Yes, I got the blues, gonna pack my bags and go
Yes, I guess you really don't love me
I'm just an unlucky so and so.

solo

Sometimes I wonder why - can your love be so cool
Yeah, sometimes I wonder why - can your love be so cool
Yes, I guess you don't really don't love me
I'm just an unlucky so and so

As performed by Peter Green on BBC Session:

This is a mean old world,
try and live in by yourself,
This is a mean old world,
try and live in by yourself,
Canít get the one youíre loviní
Yes, you got to use somebody else

You know, I hate to remember
what a fool I used to be
yes, I hate to remember
what a fool I used to be
I give you all my loviní
Look how you mistreat me

Break

You know, I smile to keep from worrying
And I laugh to keep from crying
Yes, I smile to keep from worrying, people
You know, I laugh to keep from crying
And thatís soís I donít let the public know
Whatís on my worried mind

Someday baby,
When the blood runs cold in my veins
I said someday baby,
When the blood runs cold in my veins
You wonít have to hurt old me no more
ĎCause my heart wonít feel no pain

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    Other Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1968-10-23
Running Time 3:45
Performers Christine McVie (Vocal), Christine McVie (Piano), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Dave Bidwell (Drums), (Big) Walter (Shakey) Horton (Harmonica), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Blue Horizon (Records) (Production), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsIntro: 0:33 Track: 3:12 Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Appears On
O.K. Ken (1968)
Chicken Shack
Performance #2:
Running Time 3:54
Performers Stan Webb (Guitar), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass), Dave Bidwell (Drums)
Appears On
From The Vaults (1997)
Chicken Shack
Performance #3:
Date Performance 1968-10-23
Running Time 3:45
Performers Christine McVie (Vocal), Christine McVie (Piano), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Dave Bidwell (Drums), (Big) Walter (Shakey) Horton (Harmonica), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Blue Horizon (Records) (Production), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsIntro: 0:33 Track: 3:12 Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Appears On
The Collection (1986)
Chicken Shack
Golden Era Of Pop Music (1977)
Chicken Shack
Performance #4:
Date Performance 1965-10-20
Running Time 2:30
Performers Doctor (Isaiah) Ross (Vocals), Doctor (Isaiah) Ross (Harmonica)
Commentsby Doctor Isaiah Ross. Mono Version. Recorded at the Bedford Corner Hotel, Tottenham Court Road, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #LP 1 ('The Flying Eagle'). Courtesy of Bob Yates. Source: Original analogue tape.
Appears On
The Blue Horizon Story 1965-1970 Vol. 1 (1997)
Various Artists
Performance #5:
Date Performance 1968-10-23
Running Time 3:45
Performers Christine McVie (Vocal), Christine McVie (Piano), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Dave Bidwell (Drums), (Big) Walter (Shakey) Horton (Harmonica), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Blue Horizon (Records) (Production), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsIntro: 0:33 Track: 3:12 Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Appears On
The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2006)
Chicken Shack
Performance #6:
Date Performance 1968-00-00
Performers Peter Green (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass)
CommentsBBC session track
Appears On
Mean Old World (1994)
Fleetwood Mac
Blues With A Feeling (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Show Biz Blues: Live At The BBC & More (0000)
Fleetwood Mac

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Arc Music (BMI)/Marada/Maxada Music Ltd.

Adapted by B. B. King (Peter most likely worked his interpretation from King's version)

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    Last Modified »
2009-01-02

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Ron Chambliss & Richard J. Orlando.